What Happened on December 1

Significant Events

  • 1843 1st chartered mutual life insurance company opens
  • 1913 Ford Motor Company institutes world's 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford
  • 1934 Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov assassinated, Stalin uses as excuse to begin the Great Purge of 1934-38
  • 1955 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1982 "Thriller", 6th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1984, best-selling album of all time, Billboard Album of the Year 1983)
  • 1988 Benazir Bhutto named 1st female Prime Minister of a Muslim country (Pakistan)
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Did You Know?

The New York Daily News reports the first successful sexual reassignment operation

On December 1, 1952

Would You Believe?

Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks"

On December 1, 1976

Famous Weddings

  • 1927 Chinese political and military leader Chiang Kai-shek (40) weds Soong Mei-ling (28) in Shanghai
  • 1973 NFL running back Gale Sayers (30) weds second wife Ardythe Bullard
  • 1982 Martial artist Jackie Chan (28) weds actress Lin Feng-jiao (29) in Los Angeles
  • 1990 Film director John Carpenter (36) weds producer Sandy King
  • 1996 Model-actress Angie Everhart (27) weds actor Ashley Hamilton (22) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 Cindy Crawford & Richard Gere announce they are seperating
  • 2008 "CSI" actress Marg Helgenberger (50) divorces actor Alan Rosenberg (58) due to irreconcilable differences after 19 years of marriage
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